Philippine Airlines is set to take delivery of its 10th B777-300ER, following its 9th last week, both of which will be put to service on Philippine-North America services. The aircraft was delivered to Singapore-based leasing company, Avation PLC – its first B777-300ER.
“The Boeing aircraft will serve our long-haul operations,” said Jaime Bautista, PAL president and chief operating officer. “While we already have eight 777s serving the West Coast, the incoming units will also augment other trans-pacific flights.
“The Boeing 777 is our flagship for long-haul operations. With its range and operational capability, the flag carrier will be at par with other full service carriers along the route,” Bautista added.
Avation executive chairman, Jeff Chatfield said: “We’re pleased our first twin-aisle delivery is a Boeing 777, the marquee airplane in its class. We’re confident this airplane will complement our regional and single-aisle fleet and help Avation continue to grow as a full-service commercial aircraft lessor.”
Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president, Asia Pacific & India Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes added: “Boeing and Philippine Airlines have been strong partners for decades and it is a special occasion today as we deliver their 10th 777-300ER.
“The 777 continues to outperform by all measures, providing exceptional value to our airline and leasing customers. There is no better testament to this than Philippine Airlines’ confidence in its new 777-300 by putting it directly into service with its flight from Vancouver to Manila,” he said.